Spanish Fork won over hurdles last month but along with Byron Blue, Maid Of Meft and Blackstone Vegas, had been well beaten by JAWAAB at this track in September. That was over a slightly shorter trip but Philip Kirby's charge still gets the vote to land a hat-trick despite niggling doubts concerning the soft ground. Tarantella Lady has struggled since winning at Redcar in June and Madam Lilibet has also failed to figure in a couple of starts of late having won twice over 1m4f earlier in the year.
Jawaab (IRE) 7-2fav (9-9) Prominent in chasing group, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final furlong, clear final 75 yards, ran on well, won at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep beating Spruzzo (9-6) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Maid Of Meft 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, ridden 4f out, switched right over 1f out, no impression, 9th of 11, 6l behind Peachez (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Zefooha (FR) 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along 6f out, steadily lost place, 11th of 13, 18l behind Come Here Yew (9-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Tarantella Lady 4-1fav (10-5) In touch in mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 16, 26l behind Bandanaman (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Blackstone Vegas 25-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway when not much room just inside 2f out, no impression, well beaten final furlong, 13th of 15, 19l behind Jawaab (9-9) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Byron Blue (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 46l behind River Dragon (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Strikemaster (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, plugged on from over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 15, 12l behind Blue Dune (9-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Inside Knowledge (USA) 20-1 (10-3) Mid-division, no impression over 1f out, 11th of 14, 11l behind Into The Wind (10-9) at Warwick 1m 7f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Spanish Fork (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 6f out, one pace over 1f out, 7th of 15, 9l behind Jawaab (9-9) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Towards rear, never dangerous, 7th of 15, 20l behind Blue Dune (9-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft.